Every four years the ISHS convene a Rubus & Ribes Symposium, often with a guided pre-symposium tour that visits commercial growers. In late June Meiosis attended this year’s event, the pre-symposium tour started in Germany from Frankfurt on Sunday 23rd June and headed south to Lake Constance in Switzerland over a three-day period. Last month’s heat wave coincided with this, Mark Coxeter reported that his tour bus was extremely hot and humid much like a mobile sauna!
The tour through the beautiful Upper Rhine Valley was very interesting with visits to a number of significant raspberry, blackberry, redcurrant and gooseberry growers. The actual symposium was a three-day event that took place in Zurich at the excellent ETH Centrum venue from Wednesday 26th – 28th June. This was a useful meeting place for Meiosis staff to meet with scientists, berry breeders and industry colleagues.